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Hi there!

In this thread, I'll be posting artwork from my cartoon/comic/story, "Team Pi".
This is an ongoing project, so I'll be able to post concept art while I develop the series.

I'm also producing an animation for "Team Pi" featuring some Newgrounds users (voice acting and music). I hope to be able to share it with you all, soon.

Here's is my first concept art. It's Team Pi. From left to right: Pesto, Pi, and Talgi (Tali).

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    Team Pi by rsonbie456

    These are my three main characters in my cartoon called "Team Pi". General plot of "Team Pi": In the city of San Pescado, m...

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-08-04 06:38:31 Reply

Here's an earlier design of Pi. I may revisit this design in the future when she changes her hairstyle for whatever reason.

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    "Pi Pushed Back" (Team Pi) by rsonbie456

    This is an earlier concept of Pi from my cartoon, "Team Pi". I may use this hair style in future designs of Pi for certain sc...

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-08-04 06:49:43 Reply

I cleaned up the lines of Pi from the "Team Pi" drawing.
This link contains some brief descriptions of her sword.

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    Pi Stands with Her Sword [Team Pi] by rsonbie456

    This is Pi from my cartoon, "Team Pi". She is holding her sword that she invented. The sword is extremely light yet durable....

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-08-04 07:08:37 Reply

Here's a more detailed drawing I finished, today.
This scene is from the beginning of the story. The link describes a bit of what's going on (without spoilers).

  • Please Don't Do This Alone [Team Pi]
    Please Don't Do This Alone [Team Pi] by rsonbie456

    This scene is from my story, "Team Pi". Talgi (little girl) just found Pi after searching for days. Pi wanted to do things by...

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-09-11 00:45:19 Reply

Here are some progress pictures of the animation "Pi Fights Monsters".
These are some rough sketches of some scenes. I'll only post sketches that won't spoil too much of the story.
The next few posts will be some progress work.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-09-11 00:46:01 Reply

Pi looks out the window.

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Roughly colored sketch of Pi shouting out her window.
The building details and such haven't been drawn. This is just a quick sketch with color.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-09-11 00:51:05 Reply

Sketch of Pi looking out her window from inside her room.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-09-12 08:41:25 Reply

Pi talks to Pesto and Talgi.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-09-12 08:42:42 Reply

Pesto thinks of an idea while Talgi shrugs.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-09-12 08:43:51 Reply

Pesto gives a sword to Pi.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-09-12 08:47:27 Reply

Close-up concept of Pi's face (used during overly dramatic scenes).

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-02 02:06:56 Reply

Pesto convinces Pi to talk her sword.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-02 06:30:55 Reply

At 10/2/17 02:06 AM, rsonbie456 wrote: Pesto convinces Pi to talk her sword.

Ah, the spelling error. It's "take", not "talk". I just learned that you cannot edit or delete an old forum post.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-02 14:45:45 Reply

ohh i like the style


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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-03 00:14:45 Reply

At 10/2/17 02:45 PM, hreyas wrote: ohh i like the style

Thanks a lot, hreyas! It's very nice to hear that you like the style.
These are mainly just wire sketches of possible keyframes for my upcoming animation, but I'm glad to hear it's still okay!
I'll be posting more updates as I go :D

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-11 02:26:10 Reply

Working on a new "Team Pi" poster! This time, it'll feature more characters from the story.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-11 05:28:46 Reply

Coming along well keep up the good work.

Kind regards,

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At 10/11/17 02:26 AM, rsonbie456 wrote: Working on a new "Team Pi" poster! This time, it'll feature more characters from the story.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-11 08:16:46 Reply

Hey, I just wanted to give you some feedback about your project (at least design wise)

I think you've done a pretty good job on the characters themselves, they're pleasing to the eyes and distinct enough from each other and have decent characterization even without putting them into poses that fit their personality.

One criticism I have about the character designs is how you shift from a simplistic yet efficient cartoon style to a sort of "wannabe anime" style on the facial closeup. Personally I think that's too dramatic a shift, and such things are usually only reserved for comedic effect. I would consider keeping it more true to the normal design.

The other criticism I have is on the design of the sword itself, which appears to be pretty important to the story and will be seen alot. It seems like you are having a fair bit of trouble drawing it in perspective. I would recommend simplifying the blade part of it or just redesigning it all together. As it is the blade is far too complex for the design of the cross guard, the handle, and it even doesn't have a pommel to counterbalance the weight of the blade.


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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-11 12:08:30 Reply

At 10/11/17 05:28 AM, Wondermeow wrote: Coming along well keep up the good work.

Kind regards,

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Thanks a lot, Wondermeow :D!

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-11 13:11:26 Reply

At 10/11/17 08:16 AM, Template88 wrote: Hey, I just wanted to give you some feedback about your project (at least design wise)

I think you've done a pretty good job on the characters themselves, they're pleasing to the eyes and distinct enough from each other and have decent characterization even without putting them into poses that fit their personality.

One criticism I have about the character designs is how you shift from a simplistic yet efficient cartoon style to a sort of "wannabe anime" style on the facial closeup. Personally I think that's too dramatic a shift, and such things are usually only reserved for comedic effect. I would consider keeping it more true to the normal design.

The other criticism I have is on the design of the sword itself, which appears to be pretty important to the story and will be seen alot. It seems like you are having a fair bit of trouble drawing it in perspective. I would recommend simplifying the blade part of it or just redesigning it all together. As it is the blade is far too complex for the design of the cross guard, the handle, and it even doesn't have a pommel to counterbalance the weight of the blade.

Hi @Template88 :D
Thanks so much for checking out the Team Pi project! I appreciate you spending the time to give me important feedback.
Honestly, the two points you hit were huge dilemmas I've been facing while designing the characters.

It's good that you mentioned Pi's "pseudo-anime" close-up to be too off-track. Originally, I was worried that maybe the design of the face was too simple due to a team member criticizing about how my style was too simple. However, you aren't the only one who preferred sticking to the original simple design, so your suggestion is a big one! I think I'll stick with the simplistic design, then! :)

I actually agree with you about the sword. Another team member initially created a similar sword concept, and I redesigned it to fit Team Pi. However, it has been extremely annoying and daunting to draw, especially for an animation. It's definitely due to the gap between the blades + the (supposedly) symmetric round sem-circles. I agree I need to redesign it. I thought it looked cool, but since it's just so hard to draw multiple times consistently (at least for me), it'll need a simpler design. (About the absence of a pommel: the blade is supposed to be a very light but strong material. That was the only way to explain the easy handling. I'll look into adding one for design's sake!)

If you have any more suggestions/criticisms along the way, please share! I value them greatly as I develop the series.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-11 13:31:42 Reply

At 10/11/17 01:11 PM, rsonbie456 wrote: thingies:

If you are going to go through the trouble of redesigning the sword I recommend doing your research about the anatomy and history of swords. A sword obviously is a weapon and as such (barring ornamental swords) every part of it and every design element serves a useful function to assist the wielder in combat. Knowing those elements is important for design as well as honestly just being plain interesting from a historical standpoint.

Of important note: there have been weapons that were created with two blades. They were designed that way as a means to catch weapons and twist them out of the hands of the enemy. A variety of crossguards are designed for that function as well. A pommel is important because it balances the mass of a weapon, which essentially makes the weapon look believable instead of looking like floating nonsense like clouds sword. It also can serve as a focus of aesthetic along with the crossguard and the blade itself.


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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-11 13:51:28 Reply

At 10/11/17 01:31 PM, Template88 wrote:
At 10/11/17 01:11 PM, rsonbie456 wrote: thingies:
If you are going to go through the trouble of redesigning the sword I recommend doing your research about the anatomy and history of swords. A sword obviously is a weapon and as such (barring ornamental swords) every part of it ...

Yeah, I think I'll do some more research on sword designs. Pi's sword blades are quite light yet durable, but it probably needs a pommel-like thing when the two blades join. I originally designed the blades to focus on modern technologies of light-weight metals that are extremely flexible and durable. (Pi is an engineer who loves trying/making new technologies).
Design-wise, I agree. Even a slight pommel will make it look more realistic. I just got a good idea to achieve this, so I'll try it out! (I'm going to try making the pommel able to split, creating two smaller pommels similar to the katana's.)

Thanks for the notes! I think maybe I can avoid a gap in between. It's like drawing two swords that need to be in sync. However, I can look into the fact that a gap can be used to catch other blades.

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-21 02:23:07 Reply

Keep it up and share your progress or (poses) here and on your discord channel. It will help you plus the other artist and for the community here to follow along side you.

Kind regards,

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-10-21 12:58:48 Reply

At 10/21/17 02:23 AM, Wondermeow wrote: Keep it up and share your progress or (poses) here and on your discord channel. It will help you plus the other artist and for the community here to follow along side you.

Kind regards,

Wondermeow

Thanks for the tip, Wondermeow!
Juggling my schedule with this project has been a challenge, but I'll figure something out.
I'll keep this thread up to date :)

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Response to "Team Pi" Art Thread (rsonbie456) 2017-11-23 07:51:30 Reply

I've been busy with my new job and all, but I finally got some time to work on "Team Pi".

Here's a progress picture of the poster! Hope you enjoy :)

I'll be spending my 4-day vacation mostly on "Team Pi".